Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions

Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions

The Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville, Carroll County, trains more than 500 students daily from many agencies including: over 150 police and sheriffs' departments, local jails and detention centers, the Police & Correctional Training Commissions, Maryland State Police, Division of Correction and Patuxent Institution, Division of Parole and Probation, Natural Resources Police, Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, State Fire Marshal, Forest and Park Service, and the Public Safety Data Services Division.

The Center meets a variety of needs, including the training of police recruits, emergency vehicle operations, correctional entrance level, inmate transportation, firearms, adminstration, supervision, instruction, crime prevention, D.A.R.E., executive development, emergency care, and other specialized uses. Academies for Parole and Probation, State Police, Forest and Park Service and Natural Resources are also located at the Center.

Driver Training
The Driver Training Facility is designed to greatly reduce deaths, personal injuries, lost productivity and insurance expenditures associated with police motor vehicle accidents.

The Highway Response Course is an expandable one mile oval roadway with interior connections to simulate driving conditions. It provides flexibility in training with a segmentable course that allows up to three simultaneous exercises, standard state highway signage allows clockwise and counter-clockwise vehicle direction, and a closed circuit television system allows remote observation and taping/playback capabilities.

The Tactical Course is a fifteen acre training area segmented to allow specialized skills and simulation of urban driving conditions. Supporting the driving courses is a building complex with 7,000 square feet for classrooms and office support. A simulator room equipped with the Mobile Operation Simulators gives the facility the most advanced driver training available.

the Firearms Training Facility

The Firearms Training Facility provides a safe and realistic venue for training Maryland law enforcement officers in those skills related to the decision to shoot as well as how to shoot. The new facility supplements the current Liberty Lake facility utilized by the Maryland State Police as well as approximately 35 other agencies. The new Sykesville facility also provides a variety of specialized environments necessary to satisfy many important instructional needs.

The following training is available at the Firearms Training Facility:

Firearms Instructor
This is a two-week school offered twice a yearcovering revolvers, pistols and shotguns.

Simunitions School
(simulated weapons - less than lethal) The factory school is a one-week course on training with simunitions equipment, developing training objectives, lesson plans and safety. The MPCTC facility will also offer simunition training from one to three days in length.

Management Issues on Deadly Force
This is a three-day school for range masters and academy directors, covering needs assessments, development of training objectives, and integration of training topics and controversial issues around the use of deadly force.

Weapons Armorers School
The school is a one-week armorer course for major manufactures of law enforcement weapons. At least two schools will be held each year.

Less Lethal School
This is a three-day course on less than lethal weapons for law enforcement and corrections. Topics include: shotgun beanbags, cannon-nets, chemical agents and Taser-type guns.

In addition to the specific schools, services are offered to police and correctional officers in qualification, remediation of problem shooters and judgment training. This is in addition to specific requests for specialized training. All courses are approved by the MPCTC for academic and/or firearms training requirements.

The decision range provides simulation of several street scenes with backgrounds that include bystanders and multiple offenders. The backgrounds and targets can be changed for each new student, and the range can be used by one student or several students. Also, one or more students can use each bay area, allowing for 20 or more students per training session.

Firearms Ranges
There are four pistol ranges, each with twenty-five positions and a rifle range. The primary pistol range has a maximum firing distance of 25 yards. The secondary pistol ranges have a maximum firing distance of 50 yards. Because of the firing distance capacity on the secondary ranges, they can also be used for shotgun and pistol caliber carbine training.

Operations Building
The operations building has two classrooms with a total capacity of 60 students and can be divided to hold two concurrent classes. The building also houses two rooms for critical incidents simulation training. Additional rooms include weapons vault, cleaning room, weapons maintenance room, ammunition storage room and staff office space.

With two simulator rooms and the two classrooms, the operations building can accommodate 80 to 100 students per day for classroom and/or simulator training sessions.